Whatever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on the 4th of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, this year’s top threat is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs lurking in hamburgers and hot dogs at millions of backyard barbeques. The hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they don’t bother to mention that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also forms lots of cancer-causing compounds. Read more
Last weekend’s Upper Delaware BioBlitz on a 63.5-acre wildlife preserve near Starlight, PA got us thinking about the value of biodiversity. This bioblitz was an inventory of as many species—animals, plants, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fungi and other life—as teams of biologists and volunteers could find and identify in 24 hours. [See Scott Rando’s feature article and photos on page 24.] Read more
The Center for Discovery is well known as one of the most important success stories in Sullivan County, and president and CEO Patrick Dollard said he intends to expand on that success in the coming years and beyond. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Bob Davidson told the town board, “He made a comment to me that ‘you can’t make us not do it, and if you call the cops, we’ll just do it more.’” Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Legislation passed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly last week prevents new policy from being implemented that could have greatly increased the cost of installing new septic systems in areas with high quality (HQ) and exceptional value (EV) watersheds in Pennsylvania. The legislation was supported by Senator Lisa Baker, and representatives Sandra Major, Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer.
The bill allows the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to approve septic systems using the current standards. Read more